Bruins vs. Lightning - 10/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (2-0-0) at Boston Bruins (0-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins +124 / Tampa Bay Lightning -137 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, NESN, TVA
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins meet Monday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to remain undefeated on the season after two quick victories. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power plays. Jason Garrison leads Tampa Bay with two goals, Ryan Callahan has two assists and Steven Stamkos has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed three goals on 50 shots faced. Bishop has allowed two or less goals in five of his last six regular season games. Cedric Paquette is questionable with a foot injury.
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The Boston Bruins are still looking for their first win after two straight losses to start the year. The Boston Bruins are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power plays. David Pastrnak leads Boston with three points, Matt Beleskey has one assist and Loui Eriksson has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing five goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed eight goals on 68 shots faced. Rask has allowed three or more goals in four of his last five games. Zdeno Chara is questionable with an upper-body injury.
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games and 13-6 in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 38-14 in their last 52 Monday games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 4-29-4 in the last 37 meetings in Boston and 20-47-5 in the last 72 meetings overall.
The Bruins are too good of a team to continue this early slump. I also give the edge to the home team on such an early game. Give me the plus money.